11 September 2018
Carolyn Desmond / Communications Specialist / Auckland
NZTE was delighted to receive the Cultural Celebration Award at the 2018 Diversity Works NZ Annual Awards on 29 August, 2018 - a joint recognition with the Waitematā District Health Board.
The award was for NZTE’s internal Kia Kaha programme and its deep impact on our people across the global team.
Kia Kaha is a two-day marae-based programme designed to help NZTE’s people learn more about Māori culture, history, language, people and business. Since 2013, 700 NZTE staff have been through 23 Kia Kaha events.
NZTE’s Director Māori Strategy, Tina Wilson, says that Kia Kaha’s success comes back to just that – our people.
“We could not do this without the support and commitment of all our people who are dedicated and believe in the value and strength of Te Ao Māori. It’s incredible how, through Kia Kaha, we also get to celebrate all of the different cultures of our global team.”
The Kia Kaha programme has helped build a strong, unique culture at NZTE. Diversity Works NZ noted that raising the Māori capability of our staff is improving NZTE’s ability to grow more Māori companies of international scale, develop more Māori commercial leaders and, ultimately by growing the Māori economy, ensure New Zealand’s economic success.
Also recognised was the authentic rhythm that NZTE has established around how we welcome, engage and farewell others with pōwhiri, haka and whaikōrero. Manaakitanga, one of our NZTE’s ‘characters’, underpins everything we do, from how we connect with customers to how we celebrate success.
This strength continues to be validated by the trust that the Māori business community places in us – the number of Māori companies we work with has increased from 76 in 2015 to 218 in 2018.
This is a coveted recognition for the NZTE team and one of which we are especially proud.
Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
(From your food basket and my food basket, we together can sustain the people).